November 2015

Perception, Memory, and Justice

In the criminal justice system, eyewitness testimony can make or break a case. Yet our eyes can deceive us and memory can be a fickle friend. So how much can we really trust eyewitness testimony?

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The Demands of Morality

This week we're asking about the Demands of Morality -- whether living morally adds or detracts from the goodness of a life.

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Will Innovation Kill Us?

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The Culture Wars: Phase 2?

Here is a conjecure.  We are by now deep into a new phase of the so-called "culture wars."  The current battles in the culture wars are ased partly on competing and apparently irreconcilable perceptions over the extent of what some see as genuine oppression and others see as merely so-called "oppression."  I was prompted  to this conjecture partly by recent events on various university campuses and partly by some advice I ran across on a Unitarian-Universalist website about how to be effective allies to those with marginalized id

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Why Rubio Is Wrong about Philosophy in 150 Words

"Welders make more money than philosophers.  We need more welders and less philosophers." -- Marco Rubio in the November 10 Republican Debate 1. No.  Philosophy majors make considerably more over the course of their careers than welders.  (Source:  http://nyti.ms/1HwzyH1 ) 2. It should be “fewer philosophers,” not “less philosophers.”  Rubio would know that if he had majored in philosophy.

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A Nietzschean Defense of Ben Carson

How much difference does it make whether Ben Carson stretched the truth about his life story?  Not much, I think.  Before you dismiss me as a “right-wing nut job,” let me state for the record that I am a lifelong Democrat (whose biggest political dilemma at the moment is whether to vote for Hilary or Bernie).  But as a professional philosopher (which I also am) I’m not convinced that what we have learned so far about Carson’s life story disqualifies him for the Presidency. 

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Spinoza

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Collective Immortality: Living on Through Others

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